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Bienen School Sets Dates for Spring Choral/Orchestral Concerts

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March 31, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Bach's Mass in B Minor (April 17), an evening of film score favorites (April 21), and two weekend performances of Orff's cantata "Carmina Burana" (May 9 and 10) are among the choral and orchestral programs that will be presented this spring by Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.

The events will be held on the University's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; and Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, as noted below. All of the events are open to the public.

The University Chorale and Baroque Music Ensemble will perform Bach's Mass in B Minor at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Alice Millar Chapel. Robert A. Harris will conduct the concert. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra's "American Explorer" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, will showcase works by American composers. Victor Yampolsky will conduct a program featuring solo faculty performances by pianist Sylvia Wang and horn player Gail Williams. The program will feature Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Minor (Concert Piece) by Edward Joseph Collins, Horn Concerto by Peter Lieberson, and the world premiere of Symphony by Tom Pierson. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Bienen School of Music Student Advisory Board Festival Orchestra will present a Movie Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan T. Nelson will conduct music from "The Lord of the Rings," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Dark Knight," and other films. Admission is free.

The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct and Ellen Huntington will be the featured flute soloist. The program will include Bernhard Romberg's Flute Concerto and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 ("Romantic"). Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Northwestern University Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will present two performances of Carl Orff's cantata "Carmina Burana" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert A. Harris and Emanuele Andrizzi will conduct. Samantha Barnes will be the featured soprano soloist. Both concerts will include Ottorino Respighi's "Pini di Roma" ("Pines of Rome") and Carlisle Floyd's "Ain't It a Pretty Night?" from his American folk opera "Susannah." Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Bienen School of Music's Guitar Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Lutkin Hall, under the direction of faculty member Anne Waller. The program includes a Suite from Georges Bizet's "Carmen," Dusan Bogdanovic's "Simple Polymetric Studies," the premiere of Matthew Finan's Concerto for Two Guitars and Guitar Ensemble, and trios and quartets by Filippo Gragnani and Luigi Boccherini. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Women's Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in Lutkin Hall, under the direction of Mollie Stone and Adam J. Hightower. The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men's Chorus will join the women singers on stage for an afternoon of choral favorites. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Alice Millar Spring Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in Alice Millar Chapel, will feature a performance of Georg Philipp Telemann's "Der Tag des Gerichts." Written in 1762, when Telemann was 81 years old, "Der Tag des Gerichts" ("The Day of Judgment") is a work of high drama. Performers include the Baroque Music Ensemble, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists. Admission is a freewill offering.

The Philharmonia performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty and Ya-Hui Cheng will conduct, and Elizabeth Delorit will be the featured flute soloist. The program includes Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody" No. 2 in D Minor, Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, and Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B Minor. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The University Chorale, Chorus and Singers will perform during the Graduate Conductors' Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Adam J. Hightower, Nicholas McBride, Mollie Stone and Thomas Tropp will conduct a program of secular and sacred choral works. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra will present a "Sounds of Europe" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct a program that includes "Iberia" by Claude Debussy, "Le Roi Lear" ("King Lear") by Hector Berlioz, and Symphony in D Minor by Cesar Franck. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra's "Music of Their Youth" concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Featured soloists will include Northwestern saxophone professor Frederick L. Hemke and violist Kristin Figard. Concerto for Saxophone and Viola by Samuel Foster Hall and Symphony No. 1 in F Minor by Dmitri Shostakovich are among the other works on the program. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.